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A glance At The Ketogenic Lifestyle: “To Keto” Or Not “To Keto”?

Oh dear. It’s been like 23 days, 2 hours, 45 minutes and….12…13…14 seconds that I last posted an article. Yeah, I was counting. C’mon, I wasn’t. How are you, my beautiful people! I’ve missed you so much. Kai! This wasn’t the plan o!Let me say it here, I’ve been a strong critic of bloggers who give long breaks but now I was faced with events that took so much of my time, I’ve seen the need to shut my mouth up because life happens.

Well, while I try to figure out why my daughter chooses the weirdest food combos to drive me nuts this period, I’ve been taking a keen look into this Ketogenic lifestyle aka ‘Keto’, that’s raving worldwide. Trust Nigerians, we’ve become Usain Bolt and ran with it. Wee no de carry last!

A ketogenic diet (keto) is a very low-carb diet, which turns the body into a fat-burning machine. It has many potential benefits for weight loss, health and performance, but also some potential initial side effects like brain fog, dizziness, weakness especially when trying to adapt.

The Ketogenic diet was originally designed in the 1920s for patients with epilepsy by researchers of John Hopkins Medical Center. Researchers found that fasting (avoiding consumption of all foods for a brief period of time, including those that provide carbohydrates) helped reduce the amount of seizures patients suffered, in addition to having other positive effects on body fat, blood sugar, cholesterol and hunger levels.

Unfortunately, long-term fasting is not a feasible option for more than a few days, therefore the ketogenic diet was developed to mimic the same effect of fasting. Essentially the keto diet works by “tricking” the body into thinking it is fasting, through a strict elimination of glucose that is found in carbohydrate foods. Today the ketogenic diet goes by several different names, including the ‘no-carb diet’, ‘low-carb, high-fat,high-protein diet’, to mention a few.

What does “keto” stand for exactly? Keto is short for ketosis.(Remember your Year 1 Biology class or nah?) Following a ketogenic diet puts your body into a state of “ketosis,” which is a metabolic state that occurs when most of the body’s energy comes from ketone bodies in the blood, rather than from glucose. This is in contrast to a glycolytic state, where blood glucose (sugar) provides most of the body’s fuel (or energy). Bottomline, it helps burn fat and helps reduce glucose for diabetic patients. Like I said earlier, it relieves epileptic patients and recent research shows it helps prevent heart disease, Alzheimer’s disease and even cancer by ‘starving’ the cancer cells. The Benefits are numerous but why do I have my reservation on this kind of diet?

  • Some mouthful terms and food names: First, you gotta have the grace of pronouncing these words, “Psyllium Husk” flawlessly. It’s pretty easy, you’d say until you hear derived names. If you are a Nigerian, chances are that you’ve heard these words more often than you should. Trying to figure out what it is? I’d tell you. Nigerian keto dieters found a way around ‘swallow‘ foods. Since Eba is not keto-compliant, cabbage is boiled,  mashed and molded as swallow. The Psyllium Husk is a high-fibre supplement which is used in this case as a binding agent. Still trying to pronounce it? Oh no, it’s not ‘Priscillia’. I don’t blame you, my dear. Na who e epp?
  • Nothing says normal to me about this diet: This is solely my opinion. The normal state of the body is not the ‘fasting’ state. So going by my FSB 101class, if I remember   correctly the maze-deciphering and brain-damaging topics like Kreb’s cycle, the body should be using up glucose, not ketones. It looks impressive and tempting to know the fat burns swiftly with ketones being used as fuel but is that normal? What happens in a long-term situation?
  • How practical is it to stick to a ‘low-carb, high-fat, high protein’ diet in Nigeria?: The average Nigerian is overwhelmed by daily hustle. To carefully pick out keto-friendly staple foods out of the numerous starchy ones readily available can be a drag….except you are pretty determined.
  • The specifics can be a bit daunting, to say the least: During my long research on this Lifestyle, I came across some names from one of the foreign keto blogs that got me cracking. I quote “grass-fed meat, pasture-raised poultry, cage-free eggs, bone-broth protein, wild-caught fish, organ meats and raw dairy products, such as raw goat cheese. Healthy fats, which are also low-carb or no-carb, include: olive oil, coconut oil, grass-fed butter…..”. And no! The editor wasn’t joking. These were his specifics. “Cage-free eggs”?? 😂😂😂
  • The breed of partial Keto dieters is on the rise: It’s like finding a brook in the desert to know there’s a diet plan that encourages (good) fat intake. The problem with this is that some people would consume that much fat and still cheat on the low-carbs; eating high fat-high carbs. And to top it all, they won’t exercise. Then would start to discourage others that the diet doesn’t work.

So, is the Ketogenic Lifestyle for everyone? No. You should see a professional first, be it a physician or dietician before starting. Like any diet plan, there may be side effects, so be pretty much equipped with information before taking that journey. Does the Ketogenic Lifestyle work? According to research, yes but from my personal findings,only two out of the Keto-Sayers are actually losing weight.

If you are as apprehensive as me, I’d say just stick to your exercise and portion control. You won’t lose the weight overnight but you’d surely see long-term results. I am not a weight-loss expert. I cannot guarantee if the ketogenic Lifestyle is the way to go. All I know is that you have to tie a nuptial knot with this Lifestyle to get results. “To have and to psyllium-hold. To ‘keto‘ to eachother in sickness and in health, for richer and for poorer…..”.

Disclaimer: This post is a humor post and should not be taken to heart. However, if there are profound evidences of this ketogenic lifestyle being harmless and fully of great advantage( especially if you are a witness) please we would love to hear from you.

 

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14 Comments

  • Reply
    Chizo
    March 27, 2017 at 12:54 pm

    Good to have you back, Bubu.
    This keto business taya me sef!

    Carbs is a major part of our staple diet.
    How I for do?

    • Reply
      Bubu
      March 27, 2017 at 4:38 pm

      That’s why I’m patiently waiting for people doing it to speak cos I don’t know how that can be done for a long time. God created carbs. Now we telling God we ain’t eating His Carbs? 😂😂

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        Tuskysgirl aka stainless
        March 27, 2017 at 8:54 pm

        For a while I have stayed off carbs especially because of my blood sugar levels. I have managed to keep this down with keto meals….. I feel super strong, and healthier too. In fact I was chatting with your hubby about growing some veggies like basil, purple cabbage, celery right at my backyard.

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          Bubu
          March 27, 2017 at 10:00 pm

          Good to get a good review from you on this. What advice would you give those who intend to start. No side-effects in the long run? How long have you gone ketogenic?

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    Tuskysgirl aka stainless
    March 27, 2017 at 8:49 pm

    Bubu yeah yeah…. I am one of the people it has worked for. And yes please see a doctor before you start o. What is good for me might be fatal for you. keto has helped me oooo I must say. Good write up, great awareness for anyone who wants to start. You must know what is involved.

    • Reply
      Bubu
      March 27, 2017 at 9:56 pm

      Coming your way to take notes. Thanks darling

  • Reply
    Miebi
    March 28, 2017 at 10:51 am

    Nice read read! Good feedback. Welcome back dear.

    • Reply
      Bubu
      March 29, 2017 at 7:46 am

      Thanks darling.Xo

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    Michelle bello
    March 28, 2017 at 1:55 pm

    Well said, and very informative. As a weight loss management consultant, All diet works but not all shoes fit one size. The lesson to take home is making your end goal a life style which is sustainable and well managed. Thanks Bubu.

    • Reply
      Bubu
      March 29, 2017 at 7:45 am

      Very apt. Thanks for swinging by Michelle. Xo

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    Dr Kevwe
    March 29, 2017 at 12:25 am

    Hilarious article Bubu but also nicely put together. Pardon my ignorance but as a Medical Professional, this is the first time I am truly reading about this form of diet. Dieticians and nutritionist will know better but the ketogenic state doesn’t sound the best for diabetics, professionally speaking. There is a severe complication of poorly controlled blood sugar that has to do with too much keto-acids in the blood,such that patients go into coma but like I said, the Dieticians/Nutritionist and weight loss experts have their ways,so…..Just like you, I will be waiting for purely academic references to back up any health beneficial claims.

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      Bubu
      March 29, 2017 at 9:17 am

      I think people confuse ketosis with ketoacidosis. The latter is dangerous. Ketogenic diet actually favors insulin resistant metabolism and type 2 diabetes since it curbs the high rise of sugar in the blood as consequence of the insulin not converting carbs to glucose. That said, I will always advocate for balance.(I am not an advocate of keto. Lol) Cos being extreme is a sure way to ketoacidosis, leading to coma. Now that should scare anyone prone to using ketones instead of glucose. My two cents. Thanks for your awesome comment.

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    Tega Enai
    May 31, 2017 at 12:27 am

    lol. Keto diet actually works. But being the foodie that I am it is an unrealistic lifestyle for me. And like every other weight loss diet, once you go back to eating you gain all the weight back.

    Interesting post!

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    • Reply
      Bubu
      May 31, 2017 at 3:02 pm

      Thanks dear. Yes it works. I’ve seen only one person though whose testimonial was great. I just don’t know how realistic it is for a long-term goal

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